Maths Education

Two Significant Figures7 February 17

Most seventeen year olds have very limited mental maths skills. Should we care?

To stream or not to stream6 December 16

Faced with a choice of sending your child to a school that streams or one that doesn't, what would you do?

Let's hear it for Arithmeticians4 October 16

Is it time to reinstate 'Arithmetician' as a skill that has high status.

He loved his parents, The Queen and Superman1 September 16

The so-called 'Bodmas' rule for which order you should do calculations causes more trouble than it's worth.

The SATs Fiasco12 May 16

As children in primary school take their so-called SATs, there's confusion and misinformation all over the place

Mathematical magic17 March 16

If you have one minute to get somebody engaged with maths, what do you do?

Hannah's Sweets6 June 15

The maths GCSE question about Hannah's Sweets was tricky, but the level of media coverage was out of all proportion.

What can the Chinese learn from us?1 December 14

English schools are discovering some highly effective teaching methods from the Chinese. But what can the Chinese learn from us?

How to Teach Maths4 February 14

If exams didn't exist how would I teach maths? And what maths would I teach?

What's the maths difference between boys and girls?24 January 14

Segregating boys and girls for a lesson had some interesting results.

Three Sevenths18 November 13

Primary school children deserve the chance to discover how to turn fractions into decimals

Meta Blog5 April 13

I've had three blogs published in The Times and Guardian recently. More details here...


There was a time, maybe as recently as ten years ago, when every office and school had cupboards full of overhead projectors. Then came Powerpoint and Smartboards, and most institutions happily threw out these space-hungry devices.